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84 minutes · 2015

With this 2015 debut feature, writer-director Matt Sobel transforms a nightmare he once had into an evocative, original drama. A surly California teen (Logan Miller) argues with his parents (Robin Weigert, Richard Schiff) en route to a rural Nebraska family reunion that he should come out of the closet to his conservative relatives; his parents persuade him to keep mum, but at a family picnic, the festive atmosphere turns ominous after his nine-year-old cousin (Ursula Parker) flirts with him in a sexually provocative manner. All the actors are game for this adult fare, but Josh Hamilton, often cast in bland roles, is a real surprise as the girl's father, whose hair-trigger temper masks a lifetime of secrets and resentments.

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